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Blessing held for Koloa roads project

KOLOA – A blessing was held Thursday for the Maluhia Road and Koloa Road improvement project in Koloa, attended by a group exercising social distancing procedures and wearing masks.

“Mahalo to Goodfellow Brothers, the Department of Public Works, and to the community for your patience with this project,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami.

The scope of this $21.7 million project – with $16.4 million in federal funding – include the following:

• Rehabilitation and resurfacing of pavement; pavement widening to provide 4- to 6-feet paved shoulders where possible on both Maluhia Road and Koloa Road;

• Reduce congestion and improve safety by adding a roundabout at the Koloa Road/Ala Kalanikaumaka Intersection and left turn lanes at other intersections and driveways; and

• Provide upgrades and safety improvements (replacement and new guardrails) to comply with federal and State design standards;

• Drainage improvements in the Tree Tunnel section of Maluhia Road.

The Project was conceived in calendar year 2017 and the Environmental and Design work began in January 2018.

In 2018, an initial community meeting was held at Koloa Elementary School to discuss design elements. In 2019 a follow-up meeting was held at Koloa Elementary School to discuss the final design. Most recently, on May 12, a virtual meeting with members of the Southside community was held to discuss construction and lane closure dates and times.

Road construction work is scheduled to start the first week of June; road closure dates and times will be announced.
Source: The Garden Island

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